1000 Wells

Written on February 05th, 2007 by Shawn Anthony

I am so glad this is my last semester in seminary. I’m very, very sick of spending $500.00 plus dollars on text books I know I would not have purchased otherwise. I can not express in words how utterly sick I really am of this foolish practice. I have a ton of really great and extremely relevant books I want to - and could be - purchasing, but I’ll have to buy these ones … one last time. I’ll be very happy to have my M.Div in hand in a few short months, and the freedom to buy the books I actually want to read. Rant over. Thank you. No, I don’t feel better.

6 Responses to “I Really Hate the Seminary Bookstore”

  1. Preach it, Preach it

    Wes

  2. Wes, did you but your books yet? I’m thinking about skipping most of them this time around … Not sure yet.

    Shawn Anthony

  3. I haven’t gotten them yet, and I’m still torn about how many to buy. I’ve toyed with the idea of not buying any.

    Wes

  4. I went over there this morning and did a price check. The total was well over $500.00. I almost lost my breakfast. Seriously, we are getting ready to graduate and move. I’m not trying to spend that much money on books I don’t even want. Seriously. One book for world religions is 75$. I have a whole bookshelf full of world religion books. Is it going to say something mine don’t? I bet not! It’s the same with the rest of these classes. I’m not buying them … I’ll try to rent them first, or argue against the need to read from a required text in the first place. The seminary needs to get with it and actually enact some of the fluidity & cutting edge pedagogy we have heard so much about since day one.

    A required text list - and the ridiculous price tag stuck to it - is for undergraduates who don’t know how to study yet. Why can’t we just admit this fact and get on with it?

    Shawn Anthony

  5. I agree, however I would put another spin on it. The reason we have to buy so many books is because there is no unified vision for the classes. So each professor must assign 6-8 books to cover all avalible “christian” thought. The world religion book wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for all the other classes. Like Christology Borg, and Crossan are assigned. Both are Jesus Seminar and while there is a difference do we really need to cover both?

    Wes

  6. Somehow, that thought did not even occur to me. Imagine that! I think you are right, though.

    Shawn Anthony

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